PRRD honors killed-in-action soldier of Sulu bombing

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    FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila – President Rodrigo R. Duterte honored the sacrifice of the late Corporal Richard P. Macababbad of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, Philippine Army, through the awarding of the Order of Lapu-Lapu on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

    Duterte paid a visit during the wake of Macababbad and personally handed over to the soldier’s mother, Arsenia P. Macababbad, the Kalasag Medal under the Order of Lapu-Lapu. The slain soldier was posthumously awarded for losing his life as a direct result of the Army’s effort in support to the anti-terrorism campaign of the President. He died in Indanan, Sulu, on June 28 along with Private First Class Recarte D. Alban, Jr and Private First Class Dominique C. Inte. Twelve other soldiers were also wounded during the bombing.

    The Order of Lapu-Lapu was created in 2017 through Executive Oder No. 35. This is an award given to officials and personnel of the government in recognition of their invaluable service in support to the president’s advocacy. It is comprised of four medals namely the Magalong, Kalasag, Kampilan, and Kamagi.

    “The Philippine Army is grateful for the Commander-in-Chief's concern to our fallen comrades and their families. Our soldiers are aware of the risks that they have to face as as they fulfill their duty to serve and protect the people. This recognition serves as a reminder to each of us that our sacrifices matter to our people,” said Lt. Col. Ramon P. Zagala, Philippine Army Spokesperson.#

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